While there are many different aspects to plan for your wedding, the cake is one of the most important. Wedding cakes are generally the showpiece of the reception and are involved in some important wedding traditions. There are three main decisions that need to be made when picking out your wedding cake. The first decision involved choosing the shape/size of the cake. The second is to choose the flavor of the cake. The third decision you’ll need to make is in regard to the icing and decorations used. While many people choose the original buttercream fondant for their cake, there are four main types of icing you can choose from.
Fondant is by far the most popular choice for wedding cakes. It is made from sugar, hot water, and corn syrup which result in a thick, clay like consistency. This is perfect for creating the designs and smooth look that most people are trying to achieve for their wedding cake. However, some people dislike the gummy consistency of this icing and therefore choose an alternative.
Buttercream frosting is the traditional choice for most cakes (other than wedding cakes). Buttercream frosting is more flavorful than fondant and is made from sugar, butter, milk, and a flavoring such as vanilla extract. It is the second most popular icing choice for wedding cakes, although it isn’t ideal for warm weather or humid environments as it can melt.
Marzipan is an icing made from an almond paste. Its consistency is similar to fondant which makes it a great choice for wedding cakes. Its taste is often preferred to fondant as it is sweet and nutty. However, marzipan is more difficult to work with as it dries out in the air; it must be covered with a damp cloth and plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
The last type of icing commonly used on wedding cakes is royal icing. This icing is made from beaten egg whites and sugar and is often used to create the intricate decorations common on wedding cakes. When royal icing dries, it hardens, almost to the consistency of hard candy. Therefore, it is most commonly used to add decoration on top of another icing such as the original buttercream fondant.
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